Comic Review: Batman #99 (DC Comics)

Holy heck, Batman #99 is a full-powered issue, no joking around. This issue, part five of the Joker War, really kicks it! Regular readers of my reviews over the past […]

Holy heck, Batman #99 is a full-powered issue, no joking around. This issue, part five of the Joker War, really kicks it!

Regular readers of my reviews over the past few years will know that I am not the biggest follower of Big Event series, the Crossover stuff. However, having said and acknowledged that, Batman 99 is a strong chapter, and you should check it out.

As we open the cover, the Joker, under the cover of night, is making his way to his special ride; and it’s an awesome assembly of machinery. James Tynion IV writes this book like he wants us to jump inside and experience it ourselves. And artist Jorge Jimenez, with colourist Tomeu Morey, are co-conspirators in bringing the hype to life, the colour and smell and shape of the Joker War, the return of Dick Grayson, and Batman besieged from all directions. It’s hyper-real and hyper-scary, with shadows and highlights that glisten, realistic figures of extra-ultra criminal diversity.

The bombastic Gotham invasion of the clown villains, a well-constructed glimpse within the twisted but genius mind of the Joker, and plenty of pyrotechnics.

It’s all leading to the final issue of the Joker War, and I am definitely on board this Crazy Train, as this story arc careens along the rails of excellence, bells ringing and banners flying. It’s here, it’s here, it’s gone!!!

DC, Batman #99, $3.99 for 21 pages of content. Teen Plus

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!